After working through a complete response letter (CRL) brought about by COVID-19 from the U.S. FDA in June 2021, Mediwound Ltd. has received the agency’s approval for Nexobrid (anacaulase-bcdb) to treat severe burns in adults.
Pediatrix Therapeutics Inc. licensed exclusive China rights to Aclaris Therapeutics Inc.'s ATI-1777 for investigational “soft” JAK 1/3 inhibitor, for diseases including atopic dermatitis, in exchange for an up-front payment of $5 million and up to $91 million in milestones.
Unlike amphibians, mammals do not regenerate appendages. Except when they do. “If you amputate one of the branches off of the antler [of a reindeer], it will also regenerate,” Jeff Biernaskie told BioWorld. Even without amputation, the antlers of both male and female reindeer regenerate annually, including their skin. That regeneration is “the only large mammal model of true skin regeneration,” he said.
Reistone Biopharma Co. Ltd. said both doses of the JAK1 inhibitor ivarmacitinib, tested against moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in a multinational phase III trial, met the study’s co-primary endpoints, delivering significant improvements on a common measure of disease severity vs. placebo. It’s the first National Class A new drug for AD that is designed and developed in China, according to the company.
Abeona Therapeutics Inc. is on the road to filing a BLA with the U.S. FDA after posting positive top-line phase III data in wound healing and also to the bank with a new $35 million private placement financing. The data for EB-101, an autologous cell therapy, came from a pivotal study of treating recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, an ultra-rare connective tissue disorder. Results showed the study met its two co-primary endpoints in wound healing and for reducing pains in large, chronic wounds caused by the disorder.
Immunic Inc. plans to forge ahead with oral psoriasis therapy IMU-935 despite stock-punishing results from a phase Ib trial that showed a higher placebo response than expected. Shares of the New York-based firm (NASDAQ:IMUX) closed at $2.08, down $7.12, or 77.4% after findings were made public from a preplanned interim group-level data analysis of the ongoing experiment, which is testing patients with moderate to severe disease. The group averages for Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) reductions in the two active arms failed to separate from placebo at four weeks, Immunic said. Although the active arms performed as intended, placebo decreases in PASI proved greater than hoped.
Positive phase I data from Dice Therapeutics Inc. with DC-806 in psoriasis sent shares (NASDAQ:DICE) on a wild ride, closing at $40, up $15.35, or 62%, on Oct. 11, 2022, and bolstered the case for oral drugs in psoriasis – an increasingly busy indication where discouraged patients often find themselves switching between therapies.
Connect Biopharma Holding Ltd.’s IL-4Rα binding candidate, CBP-201, yielded positive data in a pivotal trial in patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in China, positioning the company to engage with Chinese regulators in the next several months to discuss a potential NDA filing.
Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. caught some industry observers by surprise early in 2022 when it upped its peak sales estimate for Orladeyo (berotralstat), its oral therapy for prevention of hereditary angioedema attacks, from $500 million to $1 billion. But blockbuster status appears more attainable following the latest setback from a potential competitor, as safety concerns prompted Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc. management to ax its phase II study testing KVD-824 in prevention of HAE attacks.
Incyte Corp. has agreed to acquire Villaris Therapeutics Inc., the developer of a monoclonal antibody for vitiligo that aims to treat a larger proportion of the skin than an available topical cream, for $70 million up front, plus up to $310 million in potential development and regulatory milestone payments. The deal includes up to $1.05 billion in commercial milestones on net sales of auremolimab, a preclinical MAb that works against IL-15Rβ and is expected to reach the clinic in 2023.